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Obituaries – 10-16-2013

Fran Olson, 91, of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 3.

Mrs. Olson was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Russ, a former Wisconsin lieutenant governor who also served the city of Holmes Beach on the board of adjustments.

She was born Dec. 19, 1921 in Volo, Ill., to the late Warren and Hazel White. She spent her youth in Grayslake, Ill.

She studied at Eureka College and was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority. The couple raised their family on a farm in Bassett, Wis., where she worked for the census bureau and ran a charm school for Montgomery Ward department store. She spent years researching her family history and was proud to be designated a Daughter of the American Revolution. Her greatest love was being a mother and wife.

In 1989, the Olsons moved to Holmes Beach and enjoyed “paradise” with their many friends. She was an avid golfer and served on the board of the Key Royale Club, and wrote club newsletter for many years.

Private services will be held in Wisconsin. Memorial donations may be made to the Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island Foundation, P.O. Box 1215, Holmes Beach FL 34218, or to Tidewell Hospice Philanthropy at givetotidewell.org.

Mrs. Olson is survived by daughters Robyn Kinkopf of Holmes Beach, Tamien and husband Mike Zeller, and Megan Supol; nephew John White; grandchildren Emily, Abe and Alex Kinkopf, Abra Mux, Kyle and wife Sadie, Brett and Katie Zeller, Grant and Greta Jaskulski, Anthony Supol II and Corinne and Stacy Grossi; and great-grandchildren James, Lucy and Lincoln.

 

Michael J. O’Leary

Michael J. O’Leary, 56, a lifelong resident of Bradenton, died Sept. 18, following a battle with throat cancer.

Mr. O’Leary was an integral part of the Cortez fishing and crabbing community for more than 40 years.

A celebration of life will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wedenesday, Oct. 16, at Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 2850 75th St.W., Bradenton. Immediately following the service, there will be a gathering for family and friends at the Clam Factory, 10104 Cortez Road W., Bradenton.

Mr. O’Leary is survived by his son, Keegan; wife bridget; brother John, Aunt Dorothy A. Hall, and many cousins and dear friends.

 

John Dee Van Alsburg

John Dee Van Alsburg, 71 of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 10. John was born July 22, 1942, in St. Louis to the late Franklin and Lucy (Livingston) Van Alsburg.

Mr. Van Alsburg resided in Holland, Mich., for many years before moving in 1989 to Muscatine, Iowa, where he lived for 12 years before moving to Holmes Beach in 2001.

He served in the U.S, Air Force during the Vietnam War. He worked for more than 20 years at the Grain Processing Company in Muscatine, now known as Muscatine Foods.

Private family services are planned at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to TideWell Hospice, 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Condolences for the family may be made online at www.shannonfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by Shannon Funeral Home Westview Chapel, Bradenton.

Mr. Van Alsburg is survived by his wife of 45 years Jan (Leggett); sons John and wife Jenn of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Mike and wife Shannon of St. Petersburg, Fla.; sister Jan Rutgers and her husband, Lynn Boland, of Holland, Mich., and three grandchildren.

 

Fran Olson
Fran Olson, 91, of Holmes Beach, died Oct. 3.

Mrs. Olson was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Russ, a former Wisconsin lieutenant governor who also served the city of Holmes Beach on the board of adjustments.

She was born Dec. 19, 1921, in Volo, Ill., to the late Warren and Hazel White.

She spent her youth in Grayslake, Ill.

She studied at Eureka College and was a member of the Delta Zeta sorority.

The couple raised their family on a farm in Bassett, Wis., where she worked for the census bureau and ran a charm school for Montgomery Ward department store.

She spent years researching her family history and was proud to be designated a Daughter of the American Revolution.

Her greatest love was being a mother and wife.

In 1989, the Olsons moved to Holmes Beach and enjoyed “paradise” with their many friends.

She was an avid golfer and served on the board of the Key Royale Club, and wrote club newsletter for many years.

A service in Wisconsin will be private. Memorial donations may be made to Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island Foundation, P.O. Box 1215, Holmes Beach FL 34218, or to Tidewell Hospice at givetotidewell.org.

Mrs. Olson is survived by daughters Robyn Kinkopf of Holmes Beach, Tamien and husband Mike Zeller, and Megan Supol; nephew John White; grandchildren Emily, Abe and Alex Kinkopf, Abra Mux, Kyle and wife Sadie, Brett and Katie Zeller, Grant and Greta Jaskulski, Anthony Supol II and Corinne and Stacy Grossi; and great-grandchildren James, Lucy and Lincoln.

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